Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani tests positive for Covid-19 a day after collapsing mid speech

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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who fell down unconsciousness during a speech at a rally on Sunday, has tested positive for Covid-19. He will stay at the hospital for at least seven days.

64-year-old Rupani was delivering a speech in Vadodara on Sunday evening for the upcoming civic polls when he suddenly fainted mid-speech. He was administered the first-aide treatment on the stage and was then flown to Ahemadabad for a check-up.

On Monday, doctors said that the chief minister’s condition was stable, but he will be kept at the hospital for 24-hour observation.

“[Gujarat] CM Vijay Rupani is in stable condition and will be under observation for 24 hours. All tests have been done but it is advised that he should take rest so that we will keep him under observation,” said Dr RK Patel of Ahmedabad’s UN Mehta Hospital.

BJP leader Bharat Danger told reporters that CM Rupani had been unwell for two days, but instead of canceling public meetings, he preferred to continue and addressed back to back rallies on Saturday and Sunday.

Gujarat is among the worst-affected states due to the Covid-19 pandemic in India. Even as the state has been able to bring the daily Covid-19 count under 250, the total tally stands at 2.65 lakh with over 4400 deaths due to the deadly virus.

On Sunday, the state health department said that it had only 1,739 active cases.

Vadodara, where CM Rupai was delivering his speech, had reported maximum 60 fresh cases on Sunday.

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